Fortune’s Bazaar

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Author: Vaudine England

Category: Humanities

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Corsair

ISBN: 9781472157133

RRP: $26.99


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‘Vivid, atmospheric, packed with brilliant story-telling’ – Humphrey Hawksley, former BBC Beijing, Hong Kong and Asia Correspondent

‘[An] entertaining guide, rich in anecdote and understanding for an early globalised world that has gone’ – Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times

‘Illuminating’ – Thomas Dyja, New York Times Book Review

A timely, well-researched, and vibrant new history of Hong Kong that reveals the untold stories of the diverse peoples who have made it a multicultural world metropolis-and whose freedoms are endangered today.

Hong Kong has always been many cities to many people: a seaport, a gateway to an empire, a place where fortunes can be dramatically made or lost. A British Crown Colony for 155 years, Hong Kong is now ruled by the Chinese Communist Party who continues to threaten its democracy and put its rich legacy at risk. Here, renowned journalist Vaudine England delves into Hong Kong’s complex history and its people-diverse, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan-who have made this one-time fishing village into the world port city it is today.

Rather than a traditional history describing a town led by British Governors or a mere offshoot of a collapsing Chinese empire, Fortune’s Bazaar is the first thorough examination of the varied peoples who made Hong Kong. Many of Hong Kong’s most influential figures during its first century as a city were neither British nor Chinese – they were Malay or Indian, Jewish or Armenian, Parsi or Portuguese, Eurasian or Chindian – or simply, Hong Kongers. England describes those overlooked in history including the opium-traders who built synagogues or churches, ship-owners carrying gold-rush migrants, property tycoons, and more.

A story of empire, race, and sex, Fortune’s Bazaar combines deep archival research and oral history to present a vivid history of a special place-a unique city made by diverse people of the world, whose part in its creation has never been properly told until now.

As a history of Hongkong, not just as a British colony, or an exotic Chinese enclave, but as a cosmopolitan city of many creeds and races, Asian and European, Vaudine England’s book is unsurpassed. Her take on the so-called Eurasians, who have played such a large part in Hongkong’s history, is fresh and essential to a better understanding of this unique place

At last: a lively and carefully researched page turner about the individuals and social forces that have made Hong Kong the dynamic (and quirky) place it is

Vivid, atmospheric, packed with brilliant story-telling, Vaudine England brings to life the boiling pot of race, culture and ambition that made Hong Kong one of the world’s great cities. Within its compelling read, Fortune’s Bazaar boldly explodes the myth that Hong Kong is ‘just another Chinese city.’ Not at all, England gives us the story of the visionary, deal-making, itinerant Eurasian elite who created this unique, international place that is Hong Kong

If you love Hong Kong and have lost her, as have I, Vaudine England’s marvellous account of the “in-between people,” who made it the remarkable place it was, will fill you with wonder, understanding and a sadness for a place – and an idea – that no longer exists

In Fortune’s Bazaar, Vaudine England rejects a tale-of-two-cities approach to the history of Hong Kong’s colonization and this is what makes it so illuminating… [Fortune’s Bazaar] offers lively, confounding and sometimes even inspiring stories about Eurasians and others, show[ing] that cities are constructed not from zero-sum games and political theory, but from generations of human interactions that defy us-and-them formulas. – Thomas Dyja, New York Times Book Review

A vivid, entertaining guide, rich in anecdote and understanding for an early globalised world that

has gone – Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times

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